Annual Charity 2020
Our current charity of the year is Crisis Skylight Newcastle. Crisis is a national organisation helping homeless people of all ages, but it has 11 local centres on the UK mainland known as Skylight centres and we are fortunate to have one in Newcastle. This opened in 2007 and was the first Crisis centre to be built outside London. Each centre has separate financial accounting so Crisis can direct money collected locally to the local branch. Unlike local councils who will only take people with a local connection, Crisis deal with anyone who is homeless, wherever they come from, including asylum seekers. They work in conjunction with other charities that specialise in particular types of people in order to get the person immediately into suitable accommodation. Once they have a temporary roof over their head, Crisis work with them on a one-to-one basis to establish how best to get them back on the road to self-sufficiency. The local centre in Newcastle has an excellent classroom offering free instruction to homeless people about well-being, mental health, creative skills, employability, and work skills.
Please click on the button below to donate directly to Crisis Skylight Newcastle on our behalf. Or, if you prefer, please contact us for details on other ways to make donations to this group.
Annual Charity 2019
Faith to Faithless was started in mid-2015 by Imtiaz Shams and Aliyah Saleem. In January 2017 it came under the umbrella of Humanists UK with whom they have developed a support programme for so-called ‘apostates’ and those who leave high-control religions e.g. ex-Muslims, ex-Mormons, ex-Plymouth Brethren, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, and various others who have suffered after leaving their religion behind.
The service is led by apostates themselves, who have knowledge and experiences of apostate communities facing serious and systemic issues. These issues range from emotional and physical abuse from family members, friends, and peers in their community through to homelessness, shunning, ‘honour-based’ abuse and killings, and systemic failures by statutory organisations to support apostates.
Faith to Faithless also engages in activities in two other areas of work: they provide a platform for apostate voices to be heard and raise awareness of the issues that apostates face so that others don’t suffer in the same ways, ensuring they have built trust within the apostate community. They do this both online, and through speaker and panel events that are open to the public. They train statutory and support organisations like police, social services, and mental health organisations to better understand the issues apostates face, and the sorts of policy and practice implications this might have for the organisation.
Annual Charity 2018
Equal Arts are a leading creative ageing charity supporting older people in Newcastle, Gateshead and across the UK.
They work to improve the lives of older people through creativity and arts activities around the North East, providing creative opportunities to help improve people’s wellbeing.
They strongly believe in the health benefits of the arts and support care staff and artists to deliver musical, visual and movement-based creative activities with active older people and those living with dementia
Annual Charity 2017
The MS Society is a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers.
They understand what life’s like with MS, and they support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between.